Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, The Lower Keys & Key West
Islamorada Parks and Nature Centers
Theater of the Sea
M.M. 84. 5
84721 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, Fl. 33036
Theater of the Sea is the second oldest marine park in the United States. It offers continuous tours of sea life, dolphin shows and dolphin swims. Come meet a sea lion! Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Fee to enter.
Windley Key Quarry
Abandoned quarry is a geologic historic site owned by the State of Florida. Walking tours offer sites to study exposed fossilized coral patterns.
Lignumvitae State Botanical Site and Indian Key
Sitting 18 feet above sea level on the bayside, the 280 acre Lignumvitae State Botanical Site is the highest point in the Florida Keys. Lignum Vitae, or "tree of life" produces some of the hardest woods in the world. A coral rock house built in 1919 gives visitors a glimpse of life in that era. Park Rangers conduct tours of the island including the house, windmill and 12,000 gallon cistern. Their is no road access, but tours run from Robbie's boat rentals.
Oceanside, Indian Key was a thriving wreckers village in the 1830's. It was home to the Dade County seat. In 1840, Seminole Indians burned it to the ground, angered by threats from village founder John Jacob Houseman, who made his fortune from salvaging unlucky ships that ran aground. After the fire, villagers abandoned the 12 acre island which is now a state historic site. Existing ruins have been stabilized and excavation of artifacts continues. Access only by boat. No fee to enter.
Long Key State Park and Recreation Area
Offers hiking trails, picnic areas, beach and swimming areas. If planning to camp, this park has sites for tents to 40' rigs. Each site is oceanfront and beautiful. The bathhouses are modern and the park sells firewood. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park. Great shallow water for snorkeling from shore. Fee to enter.
Honoring veterans of World War 1 and hurricane victims from the great Labor Day hurricane of 1935. No fee.
County park area that offers beach and swimming access. Enjoy wading, snorkeling, swimming and fishing from shore. This facility offers bathhouses and picnic areas. Parking is limited. No fee
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